Chackai Residents Wants to Demolish The Airport Ramp As The Upcoming Mall of Travancore Will Cause Traffic Jams!

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Residents also fear that multi-speciality hospital in the area and the upcoming Mall of Travancore which will be opened soon will cause serious traffic jams in the area.

The approach ramp to the Trivandrum International Airport has been a headache for both the government and the NHAI. Both parties have locked horns about what to do with the ramp.

Recently, the residents of Chackai living beside the airport ramp have approached the NHAI chief vigilance officer with a request to demolish the ramp. Local residents say that airport ramp has resulted in a partial closure of the service road and isolation of several houses in the area.

Residents also fear that multi-speciality hospital in the area and the upcoming Mall of Travancore which will be opened soon will cause serious traffic jams in the area.

The ramp was constructed in 2010 for vehicles going towards Trivandrum International Airport. After works began at the Kazhakoottam-Mukkola stretch, NHAI authorities complained about the airport ramp being an obstruction for the NH works.

The government considered a proposal to demolish the ramp in 2016. But it was not accepted by the airport authority. A new proposal for the construction of a flyover by retaining the ramp was taken up.

“The estimated cost for the flyover is Rs 142 crore. It has been informed that the state government has already conveyed their inability to share the expenditure for the flyover to the ministry of road transport and highways, which has approved the project in principle. In this situation, the feasibility of the project need to be considered,” Krishna Pillai V N, a resident said to Times of India.

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